Bon Vivant’s Companion

Five of the best: specialist spirits retailers

From craft gins and single malts to drinks by the dram, the FT selects where to shop for the spirits lover

Yauatcha's macaroons

Five of the best: cocktail-dessert bars

The top London locations for sweet-toothed treats and creative drinks, from cashew macaroons to Marmite black velvet

Log Ash at St Tola
©Reg Gordon

Five of the best: Irish and British cheeses

With creamy raw goat’s milk, thistle rennet and a Red Leicester revival, cheese is going from strength to strength

No 67 in Peckham
©Leonardo Tommasin

Five of the best: cafés and restaurants in galleries

Battered squid by the sea or lychee martinis in Chelsea: galleries across the UK have raised their gastronomic game

Five of the best: small- batch British gins

Using ingredients that range from foraged gorse flowers to Galaxy hops, small distillers are producing some intriguing gins

The Portobello Star
©Matt Green

Five of the best: gin distillery bars

Take a tour, sit in on a masterclass or simply indulge in a classic G&T

Bartenders preparing drinks at one of the bars in The NoMad Restaurant, NYC
©2014 Francesco Tonelli

Five of the best: creative cocktail lists

Think pine sap and caraway, thyme-infused gin and cream swirled in orange blossom water


Five of the best: breakfast delivery services

From rashers to pancakes and granola to black pudding, the first meal of the day can be the best — and laziest

Goodman’s Geese

Five of the best: free-range farms

From geese to guinea fowl, these birds have benefited from being able to roam naturally

Five of the best: bars and cafés in shops

From New York to Rome, boutiques are sprouting juice bars, chic menus and malt whisky

Five of the best: Autumn food festivals

Radical French dinners, carnivorous weekends and seasonal, regional celebrations

Five of the best: British barbecue joints

UK venues that offer an authentic flavour of the American south

Five of the best: places to eat in the Highlands

Scottish destinations where you can eat in style (and drink in the view)

Five of the best: London brewery taps

From Tottenham Hale to Bermondsey, breweries are opening their own drinking rooms

Five of the best: chutney and preserve makers

A selection of treats by the country’s finest producers of jams, conserves and pickles

Five of the best: Rooftop bars in Nairobi

Savour the views as well as the drinks at these watering holes in Kenya’s bustling capital

Five of the best: bars in London for virgin cocktails

Watering holes where the drinks are elegant, exciting and alcohol-free

Five of the best: cafés in Berlin

Specialty coffee shops are brewing up a storm in the German capital

Five of the best: ice-cream makers

Luscious summertime flavours reward the intrepid aficionado, from Covent Garden to Castle Douglas

Five of the best: family-run restaurants in Spain

Can’t get a booking at El Celler de Can Roca? Try these Michelin-starred family affairs instead

Five of the best: Barcelona vermuterias

At around €2.50 a glass, vermouth became Barcelona’s favoured drink during the financial crisis

Five of the best: British cheesemongers

A pungent tour of the finest makers in the business ahead of British Cheese Week

Five of the best: summer food festivals

The summer months bring with them celebrations of everything from oysters to barbecues and baking

Five of the best: new cafés in London

These places take their food, equipment and coffee cocktails seriously

Five of the best: London whisky bars

Find everything from traditional drams to top-class bourbons in the capital’s thriving whisky bars

Five of the best: seafood shacks

You won’t find many foodie frills at these simple seaside sheds

Five of the best: garden restaurants

Eateries that offer homegrown ingredients in a bucolic setting

Five of the best: modern British restaurants in London

A new breed of restaurant showcases seasonal menus and top-notch ingredients

Five of the best: pubs with walks

Sharpen your appetite or walk off a large lunch by exploring some beautiful British countryside

Five of the best: Austin hangouts

The Texan capital is crammed with new bars and restaurants. Here are the top picks for the annual SXSW festivals

Five of the best: London natural wine diners

Favourite places in the capital for a snack with a glass of natural wine

Five of the best: Oyster dishes and bars

From San Francisco to Sydney and Hamburg to Hong Kong, the best spots to enjoy your bivalve

Five of the best: New York hangouts

As the well-dressed descend on New York for Fashion Week, here’s a line up of restaurants, bars and clubs to spot the ‘fashpack’

Five of the best: Tokyo counter-top restaurants

An insider’s picks, from Michelin-starred sushi to Kyoto-style kaiseki and Cantonese tapas

Five of the best: Restaurants with rooms

Eat at any of these top-notch venues — and, afterwards, simply crawl upstairs to a fabulous bedroom

Five of the best: London bars

Indulge yourself at these capital drinking dens and cocktail bars

Five of the best: winter pop-ups in London

Christmas is coming, promising ingenious ways to eat, drink, be merry – and even buy the odd present

Five of the best: San Francisco microbreweries

The city’s best craft brewing, from fruity barrel-aged beers to red rye ale

Five of the best: Philadelphia BYOBs

The city’s small, chef-driven BYOB restaurants stand out for their creativity and value for money

Five of the best: Boston brunches

Whether you’re after hot and spicy, rich and meaty or mid-morning staples, Boston is a great place to do brunch – especially if you have a hangover


Martin Sandbu

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